What Airgun Caliber Is Best (& Why)?

What Airgun Caliber Is Best (& Why)?

Posted by Eleonora Roversi on

Are you an airgun rifle lover? If you are, then you should have the best caliber for your needs. Otherwise, you won't be able to fully enjoy your shooting experience. 

So, what caliber airgun should you get? 🤔

Well, the decision can be tough, because there are many types and calibers of airguns on the market today.

But don’t worry, this article will give you some ideas so you can make the right decision.

What Does Gun Caliber Mean?


The caliber of an airgun refers to the internal diameter of the barrel. Generally speaking, the two most popular gun caliber options for air rifles are .177 and .22. The .177 caliber handgun is a good all-purpose caliber that can be used for both target shooting and hunting. 


An ideal .177 caliber airgun is the Diana Chaser, for which Airgun Capital offers an economical noise suppressor.

So, what is a 22 caliber gun? The .22 caliber is typically used for hunting, as it has more power and is better suited for taking down larger game.

If you're in the market for a .22 caliber airgun, the Crosman 2240 is one of the most powerful options on the market, making it perfect for taking down larger animals.

And Airgun Capital offers an accompanying noise suppressor. The Crosman 2240 Suppressor (For 7/16 Crosman Barrels) is a great choice for anyone looking for a friendly, reliable, and affordable suppressor. 

But there are also other options out there, like .25 and even larger calibers. 

So, which one should you choose?

Well, that depends on a few things.


➜ What is your purpose for using an air rifle?

➜ What is your budget?

What is your level of experience with air rifles?

Once you've considered those factors, you can start to narrow down your choices. If you're just getting started with air rifles, for example, a .177 caliber air gun might be a good option. They're typically less expensive than .22 caliber rifles, and they're also easier to handle.

But if you're looking for more power, a .22 caliber air rifle might be a better choice. They pack more of a punch than .177 caliber rifles, so they're better suited for hunting or target shooting. They can also be more expensive, though, so keep that in mind when making your decision.

Don’t forget to read: How to Get Started with Airgun Shooting


Experts Opinion On What Caliber Airgun Rifle Should You Get…

Fieldcraft And Placement Are Key

When shooting pests; a .177 caliber air rifle can prove highly effective when used by an experienced marksman. To get the most out of your .177 or .22, consider pairing it with a good-quality scope. This will help you make more precise shots, especially at long range.

If you're on a budget, a .177 caliber air rifle is a great choice. You can find some quality rifles for relatively affordable prices. Just keep in mind that you might have to sacrifice some power and accuracy for the lower price tag.

How Far Are You Planning To Shoot?

If you're only going to be shooting at relatively close range, a .177 caliber air rifle will probably suffice. But if you're looking to shoot at longer distances, you'll need a more powerful gun. In that case, a .22 caliber air rifle might be a better option.

No matter what caliber you choose, make sure you practice and get comfortable with your air rifle before taking it out in the field. The more you practice, the better your chances of making a clean shot when it counts.

Big Pellets Buck The Wind Better

If you're going to be shooting in windy conditions, a .177 caliber air rifle might not be the best choice. The smaller pellets can be easily blown off course by strong winds. In that case, you might want to consider a .22 caliber air rifle. 

The larger pellets are less affected by the wind, so you'll have an easier time making accurate shots.

Better Penetration

If you're looking for more power and better penetration, a .22 caliber air rifle is the way to go. The larger pellets can penetrate thick hide and bone, making them ideal for hunting applications.

👉 Remember, Bigger Isn’t Always Better

More powerful airgun rifles can be more difficult to handle, so if you're new to shooting, you might want to start with a smaller caliber gun. You can always move up to a bigger gun later on, but it's important to get comfortable with the basics first.

At the end of the day, there's no right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing a caliber for your air rifle. It's all about finding the right airgun for your needs, budget, and experience level. So take your time, do your research, and find the air rifle that's right for you.

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